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Dauntless is a zine for the Heroic Adventure genre. It's dual-focused on literature and system neutral tabletop RPG material. Each issue includes short stories, highly developed setting details, scenarios, and random tables for use in superhero and pulp action games. 

Our first issue, Prophets of Darkness, offers 50 pages of supernatural foes, gruesome all-new spells, and tainted psychic horrors sure to delight fans of occult detective literature and bedevil player characters. The content is all original, but inspired by the public domain weird fiction of Manly Wade Wellman (the John Thunstone series), Arthur Machen (The Great God Pan), and H.H. Ewers (The Spider).

Prophets of Darkness is adaptable to any game setting, but the default is the Ascension Epoch, a universe combining original characters and concepts with classic literature from the public domain. In keeping with our open-content principles, all Ascension Epoch works--our books, this zine, the artwork, everything--is released under Creative Commons-Attribution-ShareAlike. This allows writers, game masters, and other creators to adapt it their pleasure.

What Perils Lurk Inside?

  •  The Deep School: The history and curriculum of the invisible schools of sorcery that may operate even in your city today. Horrifying new spells (system neutral!) and plot hooks galore! Plus information on the famed Scholomance and a new model of grimoires. Adapted from the weird fiction of Manly Wade Wellman. 
  •  The Nefandous: The lascivious and murderous daughters of the Great God Pan. Their dark beauty hides fathomless evil and frightful deformities. Information on Pan Cults, random tables to create your own Nefandous, two Nefandous NPCs, and more. Adapted from the weird fiction of Arthur Machen and H. H. Ewers.
  •  Mr. Gentry: A demoniac Man in Black, guaranteed to bring nightmares to even the most courageous adventurers. A lost pupil of the Deep School who had to trade his sanity--and his eyes--to escape. 
  •  The Heresiarch Vartan: An immortal warlock from 8th century Armenia and head of a shadowy occult crime syndicate whose elaborate schemes to stave off death have cost him more than his soul. 
  •  The Brass Man: A mystical automaton, the last descendant of Talos.
  •  Mystical Perils: Dread sorcerous artifacts like the Hand of the Heresiarch, the Tunnel Mystery Codex, and random tables describing environmental effects in areas tainted by black magic.
  •  Thrilling Short Fiction: Young vigilantes test the limits of their wits and courage against the eldritch power of Mr. Gentry, and a glimpse inside the occult repository of the Houdini Center for the Prevention of Paranormal Crime.
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July 23rd, 2021
Dauntless is a 'Zine about horror, the occult, and superheroes. Inspired by public domain pulps, horror stories, and Silver Age comics, it maintains a heroic and positive disposition to the subject throughout. Inside, the reader will find a [...]
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